Zangief Announced For Street Fighter V With Trailer & Screenshots

Alessio Palumbo
Posted 1 year ago

Another legendary fighter has been announced to make a comeback in Street Fighter V.

It’s Zangief, the Russian wrestler nicknamed ‘Red Cyclone’; Capcom took the opportunity to reveal this during Igromir 2015, the Russian gaming convention, where players will be able to try a new demo of the game featuring Zangief himself.

When it comes to raw strength, not many of the World Warriors can compete with Zangief. Training day and night, he believes that the only way to victory is to have a body complete with perfect muscles. Due to his intense training, which includes wrestling bears, Zangief is able to lift even the heaviest opponents with ease! In Street Fighter V, Zangief shows off the results of his training through his newfound V-Skill (Iron Muscle) and V-Trigger (Cyclone Lariat). But, these are just the tip of the iceberg, as Zangief has many more new tactics in store for any opponent that challenges him and his raw power.

The Capcom Unity blog details his new V-Skill moves as follows:

V-Skill: Iron Muscle


Zangief shows the true power of his body when he activates Iron Muscle. During Iron Muscle, Zangief can absorb one attack, which leaves him with recoverable health. If players hold down medium punch and medium kick and then press a direction on the joystick, Zangief will begin to slowly close in on the opponent. Upon release from the walk, Zangief flexes his muscles and hits the opponent if close enough.

V-Trigger: Cyclone Lariat

Zangief lives up to his name “the red cyclone” as he spins with high speed and velocity, pulling the opponent in close. If the player taps the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will quickly spin and pull in the opponent. If the player holds the V-Trigger activation buttons, Zangief will continue to spin and hit the opponent multiple times.

You can check Zangief’s new appearance in the screenshots gallery and trailer below. Street Fighter V, powered by Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4, will release in Spring 2016 for PC and PlayStation 4 with cross-platform play enabled; so far, previously confirmed characters include  Ryu, Ken, Chun-Li, Cammy, Vega, M. Bison, Birdie, Charlie Nash, Necalli, R. Mika, Rashid and Karin.

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